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Folkscanomy: Fringe and Off-Center
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Some of the surviving radio coverage of Pearl Harbour, 7 December 1941.
Topics: Pearl Harbor, old time radio, CBS, NBC, MBS, John Daly, Drew Pearson, Albert Warner, Ford Wilkins,...
Folkscanomy: Fringe and Off-Center
Sep 12, 2015 EasyAceMCMLV
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The surviving World War II-era broadcasts of the legendary CBS radio news program. Usually sponsored by Admiral; usually anchored by Robert Trout, John Daly, then Douglas Edwards; the announcer---who also did the Admiral advertising spots---was Warren Sweeney. World News Today was the weekly offspring of CBS European News and CBS News of the World , the latter remaining a daily broadcast throughout the war. The broadcasts are usually included in larger, broader collections of World War II...
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Topics: World War II, news, CBS, World News Today
Folkscanomy: Fringe and Off-Center
Mar 14, 2015
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Bob Hope Show-14 March1950-Satirising Arthur Godfrey with Fred Allen (who once had Godfrey as his announcer for Texaco Star Theater , briefly).
Topics: Bob Hope, Fred Allen, comedy, old-time radio
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Mar 27, 2014
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The 1949 episodes of The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show, the most   successful spinoff from Jack Benny's popular radio comedy. With Phil Harris and Alice Faye as themselves; Elliott Lewis as Frank Remley; Jeanine Roos and Anne Whitfield as the Harrises' children; Robert North as Alice's brother Willie; Gale Gordon as sponsor Scott; Bill Forman as the show announcer; and, Walter Scharf conducting the Phil Harris Orchestra. Sponsored by Rexall.
Topics: Phil Harris, Alice Faye, old-time radio, comedy
Community Audio
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The only known surviving installment of Stoopnagle & Budd's 1930s radio shows. The duo (Frederick Chase Taylor, William Budd Kulick) are considered to have been radio's earliest satirists, whose disciples would come to include Fred Allen and Bob & Ray (much of whose freewheeling deviltry may have been modeled at first on Stoopnagle & Budd), until the partnership broke up with no public explanation in 1937. Col. Stoopnagle became a frequent radio presence with a foray or two into...
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Topics: Stoopnagle & Budd, old-time radio, comedy, satire
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The complete radio broadcast of the game in which Roger Maris hit his record-setting 61st home run, Yankee Stadium. The pitcher: Boston Red Sox righthander Tracy Stallard.
Topics: old-time radio, baseball, Roger Maris, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox
Community Audio
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The complete surviving 1939 broadcasts, from original recordings of the program as it went on the air live, without modern remastering or reconditioning. There will be occasional flaws in the recordings but there are few flaws in the performances of Jack Benny and company, who were, by now, long enough established as masters of comic timing. Cast: Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie Anderson (Rochester), Kenny Baker through 18 June, Dennis Day as of 8 October, Don Wilson...
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Topics: Jack Benny, Jell-O, old-time radio, comedy, Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Don Wilson, Kenny Baker,...
Community Audio
Jun 17, 2011
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Selected episodes of the groundbreaking serial comedy-drama about a lower middle class Jewish family adapting to modern American urban and suburban life, created and written by Gertrude Berg, who also played matriarch Molly Goldberg. With John R. Waters as Jake; Roslyn Silber as Rosalie; Alfred Ryder as Sammy; Arnold Stang as Seymour; and, future "Beat the Clock" host Bud Collyer (going then by his given name, Clayton) as the show's announcer.
Topics: The Goldbergs, Gertrude Berg, old-time radio, comedy, drama
Community Audio
Jun 17, 2011
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Stoopnagle & Budd---Frederick Chase Taylor (a.k.a. Col. Lemuel Stoopnagle) and William Budd Hulick---were probably old-time radio's earliest pure satirists, telegraphing Fred Allen by a few years, Henry Morgan by a decade, and Bob & Ray by a couple of decades, just about. Their trademarks included poking fun at prospective (but ultimately spurned) sponsors and, especially, Taylor's knack for Spoonerisms ("This is Col. Speaknagle stoopling," "Paul Revile's rear") and...
Topics: Stoopnagle & Budd, old-time radio, Town Hall Tonight, Fred Allen, satire
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All twelve episodes of The Hinds Honey & Almond Cream Program Starring George Burns & Gracie Allen (CBS) in which America's favourite illogical logician runs for President during mid-1940s. (Among other things, she didn't know all that much about the Lend-Lease Bill, but she said that if we owed it, we should pay it.) Featuring Frank Parker, Truman Bradley (announcer), and music by Ray Noble and His Orchestra. Believe it or not, the birth of the gag came when Burns & Allen's writers...
Topics: Burns & Allen, Gracie for President, old-time radio comedy
Community Audio
Feb 20, 2011
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The surviving 1947 and 1948 broadcasts of George Burns & Gracie Allen's classic radio comedies. Featuring Mel Blanc as the Happy Postman, music by Meredith Willson, and a cast that included, at various times, Elvia Allman, Bea Benaderet, Hal March, and Hans Conreid, as well as some of the once-famous "Radio Row" regulars (Joseph Kearns, Marylee Robb, Elliott Lewis, Gerald Mohr, among others . . .)
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Topics: George Burns, Gracie Allen, old-time radio, comedy
Community Audio
Jan 31, 2011
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Three survivors from Cantor's run as the host of Texaco Town in the mid-to-late 1930s . . .
Topics: Eddie Cantor, old-time radio, Texaco Town
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Dec 31, 2010
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The Armed Forces Radio Service gave a real treat to American troops still stationed around the world in the aftermath of World War II---live performances, by remote hookups from their respective New Year's Eve hotel and/or ballroom performances, by some of the titans of the time in American jazz and popular music. Including but not limited to Harry James, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw (with guest Roy Eldridge), Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, and---of...
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Topics: old-time radio, jazz, popular music, New Year's Eve, big bands
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The classic Corwin broadcast, reputedly in the making when Corwin, working on the script while traveling by train, received the news of Pearl Harbour. The timing of the broadcast was impeccable then; the message of the broadcast remains relevant even today. Narrated by James Stewart. Featuring Edward Arnold, Lionel Barrymore, Walter Brennan, Bob Burns, Dane Clark, Walter Huston, Elliott Lewis, Marjorie Main, Edward G. Robinson, Rudy Vallee, and Orson Welles, among others. Not to mention Leopold...
Topics: Norman Corwin, old-time radio, World War II, Bill of Rights
Old Time Radio
Nov 29, 2010
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Classified as a juvenile crime drama but written and acted with more adult style than most of the breed, "The Green Hornet"---whose protagonist fought crime by infiltrating or even partnering (initially) with known criminal operations, which deceive police into believing him a wanted criminal himself---was the creation of George W. Trendle and Fran Striker, the brains and head writer behind "The Lone Ranger" (whose protagonist, according to storyline, was the great-uncle of...
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Topics: old-time radio, The Green Hornet, crime drama, juvenile adventure
Community Audio
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The ill-fated trumpet star---one-time CBS studio orchestra sideman, feature performer with Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, and the man who turned an Ira Gershwin-George Duke throwaway ("I Can't Get Started") into a standard---in a bristling performance from his own short but memorable period as a bandleader in his own right.
Topics: Bunny Berigan, jazz, old-time radio
Community Audio
Oct 14, 2010
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The legendary jazz pianist and composer in a pair of rare radio broadcasts from the height of his career.
Topics: Fats Waller, old-time radio, jazz
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Sep 23, 2010 Don Quinn
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Two very early episodes of the old-time radio immortal . . . from the first year in which Jim and Marian Jordan appear as the couple they made immortal. Script written by Don Quinn.
Topics: Fibber McGee & Molly, old-time radio, comedy
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Sep 16, 2010 Arch Oboler
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A classic old-time radio horror story. Written and directed by Arch Oboler.
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Topics: Lights Out, Old-Time Radio
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Sep 16, 2010 Ed Gardner, Abe Burrows
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"Hullo, Duffy's Tavern, where the elite meet to eat, Archie the manager speaking, Duffy ain't here---oh, hullo, Duffy . . . " It may have been the most familiar stock opening line in the history of old-time radio comedy. The famous radio dive was one of those old-time radio birds that was at once a popular hit and a show onto which some of the biggest, or at least the most prestigious entertainers (including but not limited to Fred Allen and a few of his "Allen's Alley"...
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Topics: Duffy's Tavern, old-time radio, Ed Gardner
Community Audio
Mar 11, 2010
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The first regular radio series by the master absurdist improvisors, on Boston's WHDH, between 1946 and 1951. These are the few such shows known to have survived for today's listening. Bob Elliott was a WHDH morning DJ; Ray Goulding did the news on the hour, and what began as occasional little ad-libbed buffoonery became a regular series when WHDH asked them to do 25 minutes before a Red Sox or Braves game or to go on during rain delays.
Topics: Bob & Ray, old-time radio, comedy, satire
Community Audio
Mar 5, 2010
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Short-lived update of the original Easy Aces comedy---this time, expanded to a half-hour, with music, live audience, and studio band. (The audition episode, "Paul Tries to Borrow Two Hundred Dollars," featured only an accompanying pianist and no studio audience.) Some of the storylines were adapted from the earlier Easy Aces (most notably, "Jury Duty," "Quiz Show," and part of the audition episode. (This episode was subsequently reworked into two individual...
Topics: mr. ace and JANE, old-time radio, comedy, satire, Goodman Ace, Jane Ace
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A girl losing a stern but faithful housekeeper is bent on poisoning her doting, widowed fatherâs love-at-first-sight remarriage, no matter how patiently the new wife tries to handle the suddenly brattish teenâuntil her brief disappearance and a subsequent illness. Itâs a soapish and occasionally melodramatic variant on the ancient theme of âIf I canât have him, nobody can,â with more than a few hints at a prototype of The Bad Seed, but it does have a few good moments. The Traveler:...
Topics: The Mysterious Traveler, old-time radio, drama, suspense
Community Audio
Feb 27, 2010
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The only known extracts---including the only known complete episode ("The Ocean Cruise")---to have survived of the Marx Brothers' (well, Groucho and Chico; we'll assume Harpo was the silent partner) 1932-33 radio comedy. All but two of the scripts have been published in "Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel: The Marx Brothers' Lost Radio Show," edited by Michael Barson. "Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel" was part of a weekly series NBC called "Five Star...
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Topics: Flywheel Shyster and Flywheel, the Marx Brothers, old-time radio, comedy
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Feb 27, 2010
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The only three episodes of this vintage radio show that are known to have survived. If you remember television's short-lived Bridget Loves Bernie in the early 1970s, this radio show---around the marriage of a Jewish boy and a Roman Catholic girl---was its antecedent, based on the 1927 Broadway hit. The plots usually hooked around disputes between their fathers that usually ended up with a good if skittery laugh; the show was a hit in 1942 but slipped and fell away by 1944. Abie Levy: Sydney...
Topics: Abie's Irish Rose, old-time radio, comedy
Old Time Radio
Feb 18, 2010
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The surviving installments of the master satirist's final series, on NBC, for Blue Bonnet Margarine and Tetley Tea through 1947 and Ford Motor Company in 1948-49. Including the "Allen's Alley" for which he's remembered best---with announcer Kenny Delmar as Senator Claghorn, Parker Fennelly as Titus Moody, Minerva Pious as Mrs. Nussbaum, and Peter Donald as Ajax Cassidy, with Alan Reed as Falstaff Openshaw in the first several installments. Among Allen's classics here include the...
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Topics: Fred Allen, old-time radio, comedy, satire
Community Audio
Feb 1, 2010
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The few surviving installments of the legendary syndicated old-time radio program, in which Jean King, as Lonesome Gal, fashioned a fifteen-minute-daily persona as the kind-of virtual girl friend to thousands of lonely male listeners in the 1950s. Her trademarks included brief talks between music selections, talks that usually (but not always) ended in a conversational reference to the coming song's title. She even cut a record of her theme song, "Lonesome Gal"---as did Margaret...
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Topics: Lonesome Gal, old-time radio, music, romance
Community Audio
Jan 8, 2010
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The Tin Man from "The Wizard of Oz" in a few surviving installments of his late-1930s radio show. With Virginia Verrill, Wendy Barrie, Lucille Ball, and Gale Gordon. CBS.
Topics: Jack Haley, old-time radio, comedy, Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon
Community Audio
Jan 7, 2010
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Arguably old-time radio's very first soap opera and, like the eventual Lorenzo Jones series by Frank and Anne Hummert, was considered as much a comedy as a soap. Grew from a sorority skit into a radio series according to John Dunning. Louise Starkey as Clara Roach; Isabel Carothers as Lulu Casey; Helen King as Emma Krueger. Harriet Allyn as Lu, 1940s.
Topics: Clara Lu & Em, old-time radio, soap opera, comedy
Classic TV
Jan 2, 2010
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The last of the master radio satirist's hour-long comedy shows, and the return to a half-hour with the embryonic segment soon to be known as Allen's Alley
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Topics: Fred Allen, old-time radio, comedy, satire
Community Audio
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An episode late in the run of The Judy Canova Show.
Topics: Judy Canova, old-time radio, comedy
Community Audio
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"Their finest series was probably the 1959-60 quarter-hours for CBS."---John Dunning, in "On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio." Includes jewels from Wally Ballou, Lawrence Fechtenberger Interstellar Officer Candidate, the national tour of Smelly Dave the dead whale, and the classic "One Man's Family" satires, "One Fella's Family." The classic sign-on: "And now, from approximately coast to coast, Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding present the CBS...
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Topics: Bob & Ray, old-time radio, satire, comedy
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Dec 24, 2009
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The few surviving episodes of this classic comic radio soap--an unusual entry from the fabled Frank and Anne Hummert soap factory. Karl Swenson as Lorenzo Jones; Betty Garde and Lucille Wall as his wife, Belle; Joseph Julian as Sandy Matson; John Brown or Frank Behrens as Jim Barker; Mary Wickes, Grace Keddy, or Nancy Sheridan as Irma Barker. Announcers: Don Lowe or George Putnam. Writers: Theodore and Mathilde Ferro.
Topics: Lorenzo Jones, old-time radio, comedy, serial, soap opera, Frank and Anne Hummert
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Essentially a continuation of "Town Hall Tonight," the name change prompted by Allen's sponsor.
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Topics: Fred Allen, old-time radio, comedy, satire
Community Audio
Dec 23, 2009
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The classic series by radio's master satirist. Including the classic "Town Hall News" and the Mighty Allen Art Players.
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Topics: old-time radio, Fred Allen, comedy, satire
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Dec 23, 2009 Fred Allen
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Three surviving installments of the master radio satirist's earliest programs.
Topics: Fred Allen, old-time radio, comedy, satire